Packers players gave Mike McCarthy standing ovation

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Packers coach Mike McCarthy returned to the team facility not once but twice after his firing. He addressed the coaching staff Tuesday before talking to the players Wednesday.

The Packers gave their former coach a standing ovation when he returned.

“It was warranted and deserved,” Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.

Normally, when teams fire a coach, the coach disappears from the team forever. He is not allowed a good-bye.

But Packers president Mark Murphy, General Manager Brian Gutekunst, vice president/director of football operations Russ Ball and interim coach Joe Philbin gave McCarthy their blessing to return and speak.

“I was happy to see him,” Matthews said. “Obviously, first things first, you understand that this is a business and not many people get that opportunity — and the player as well. We’re in the same boat. For him to invest the past 13 years in this team, has given his heart and soul to us, to have that kind of closure, it was great of the organization — Joe, Gutey, Mark and everybody that allowed him to come in and say his piece. I know we really enjoyed it. I’m sure he did from a closure standpoint. Obviously, we gave him the respect he deserved and sent him off with some final words.”

McCarthy’s return served as closure for both the coach and his players.

“[He] just let us know and tell us how much he cared about us and the job and just the Packers and Green Bay in general,” defensive tackle Kenny Clark said. “It was really cool just to get to see him and talk to him one last time before he left.”

41 responses to “Packers players gave Mike McCarthy standing ovation

  1. It’s just different here.

    Thank you coach McCarthy👏👍

    #100Seasons

    #TitleTown

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackersNation!

    #GoPackGo!🧀

  2. I hope coach lands somewhere he has success. One of the best ever to coach in GB and that’s saying a lot. I’m sorry they had to part ways, but I understand why. Hoping both the coach and the team he left can prosper after this split.

  3. I, too, gave Mike McCarthy a standing ovation.

    I’m just crying here.

    So sad.

  4. Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    December 6, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    I’m just crying here.
    So sad.
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    Yes, yes you are.
    Finally, something we can all agree on.

  5. I’m not a Packers fan, but I think the team played well and to the best of their abilities for him. Of the games I saw, they were competitive right down to the end of each. I did not see his last game. I think what hurt them most was the injuries to Rodgers. No decent backup QB last year and the loss of Rodgers mobility this year. The problem was not with coaching, but more so with weak drafts.

  6. Good Job by the Packers – classy move by McCarthy to address the coaches and the team. I now feel that Rodgers is overrated as a QB, but also as a Leader on the team. Time for others to see the obvious.

  7. If the paackers were really classy they wouldn’t fired Mike before the season ended for the first time in their 100 year history. Rodgers quit on this season. He had 47 throwaways this season when typically a QB has 28. And no doubt he was front and center clapping like he meant it.

  8. Nice of the Pack organization to allow this. MM similarly has been all class since his firing. Must be weird for him to be living in Green Bay now though.

  9. McCarthy is a good coach but he ran his course in GB. It was time for both to move on. It would have been very easy (and believable) if McCarthy wanted to start pointing fingers elsewhere. Ted Thompson being removed as GM would allow McCarthy to place blame on the lack of talent. It’s reported that Rodgers very frequently changes plays which McCarthy could point to and say “he won’t run my game plan”. The defense can’t stay healthy which he could blame. Instead, McCarthy said “Thank You” and moved on. This Viking fan has a lot of respect for McCarthy. It’d be fun to see him coaching in Cleveland and see what he’s got

  10. fmc651 says:
    December 6, 2018 at 6:54 pm
    If the paackers were really classy they wouldn’t fired Mike before the season ended for the first time in their 100 year history.
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    He knew he was gone man, he SOLD his vacation property in the area, and other things showing he knew his time was up.

    I think they handled it right, he KNEW he was gone, so instead of players, media, and fans expressing MORE and MORE frustration towards him, while he just “goes through the motions” of coaching, answering questions about job security week in and out, feeding a fed hose, as he watches the clock wind down to the Monday after the season?

    I would find that more insulting.

  11. Great job by Packers management. Despite what people may say, even great coaches can lose their umph. even while reinventing themselves the message can become stale. Now I am not saying that McCarthy was/is a great coach – not when compared to Belicheck. Probably not even when compared to Reid even though Reid doesnt have a Superbowl. But MM has the chance to become as good as Reid if he has Reid’s success with his next team. So I am glad to see him go, I think that the timing is right, I hope he takes his time and takes the correct job ( ie not Jacksonville). There was no sense in keeping him there for the last few games – that history of not doing it is simply that something to look back on not big deal. Finally I am kind of looking forward to the final few games just to see the young guys getting more reps. Go Pack finish the season by playing spoiler.

  12. Well standing back and looking at things here is how I feel. It is nearly impossible to stay at the top for this many seasons in a row, somehow Mike did it by excellent scouting PLUS a little luck. How can you blame a Coach for a down year? Parity designs it to work that way. The better the record the tougher the next year schedule is, is PLUS the team is penalized
    in the draft the next year.
    I for one believe Rodgers arm isn’t the same after two broken shoulders and repair surgeries. He has gained ONE years excuse by blaming the Coach, but if Rodgers doesn’t set the NFC on fire in the next 2 years he is going to have some “explaining” to do! I don’t think he will ever be quite the same, which means he will be either gust about the best now.. If is funny when owners and fans get so used to winning every year they forget just how HARD it is to get into and advance to the Super Bowl! Welcome to reality..

  13. shaggy – “while he just “goes through the motions” of coaching”

    Coach McCarthy wasn’t going through the motions some of the players were though.
    McCarthy had that collection of players that TT brought in.And he coached them to be in most every game. I would say the Redskins game was the only game they were off. He should have been able to finish the year. And Rodgers started the talk with his rant after the Buffalo win.Rodgers wanted him out so he got his coach fired.

  14. “it was great of the organization — Joe, Gutey, Mark and everybody that allowed him to come in and say his piece.”

    By “everybody” he meant Rodgers.

  15. Just for reference – the Packers let Ray Rhodes finish the season.

    Why not McCarthy?
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    Rhodes inherited a team with Super Bowl aspirations, and it collapsed in short order.

    McCarthy was given 7+ years to get BACK to a Super Bowl.. and he couldn’t ‘clean things up’, in his own words.

    How much MORE time should he have been given?

  16. Well standing back and looking at things here is how I feel. It is nearly impossible to stay at the top for this many seasons in a row, somehow Mike did it by excellent scouting PLUS a little luck. How can you blame a Coach for a down year?
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    2007 – terrible Playoff loss, outcoached in every way
    2009 – horrific post-season defensive performance.. 531 yards allowed
    2011 – terrible Playoff loss, punched in the mouth, at home, AGAIN by NY
    2012 – worst post-season defensive performance in League history, 444 yards.. to 1 guy..
    2014 – worst post-season collapse in League history.. outright implosion
    2016 – 493 yards allowed, 7 yards short of a 3rd 500 yard post-season shellacking

    Its too much.

    The Packers didn’t stop the bleeding soon enough.

    Even if you choose to dismiss the magnitude of those losses, he was given over 7 years to clean up his defense. It was beyond clear that wasn’t going to happen.

    He’s a leader, and a professional. He’s not much with Xs and Os.

  17. aarons444 says:
    December 7, 2018 at 9:57 am
    Well standing back and looking at things here is how I feel. It is nearly impossible to stay at the top for this many seasons in a row, somehow Mike did it by excellent scouting PLUS a little luck. How can you blame a Coach for a down year?
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    2007 – terrible Playoff loss, outcoached in every way
    2009 – horrific post-season defensive performance.. 531 yards allowed
    2011 – terrible Playoff loss, punched in the mouth, at home, AGAIN by NY
    2012 – worst post-season defensive performance in League history, 444 yards.. to 1 guy..
    2014 – worst post-season collapse in League history.. outright implosion
    2016 – 493 yards allowed, 7 yards short of a 3rd 500 yard post-season shellacking

    Its too much.

    Of course you give no props for – all the other teams that never made it to the playoffs who never got to play a meaningful December game – including most teams that have never made it to the playoffs over that period. Come on man. give him some props.

  18. Of course you give no props for – all the other teams that never made it to the playoffs who never got to play a meaningful December game – including most teams that have never made it to the playoffs over that period. Come on man. give him some props.
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    ^^^ Why he lasted 7 years after 2010

    He did a nice job in Green Bay

    He was a true professional in a time of crisis (the Favre-debacle)
    He guided a young QB through VERY difficult waters (cutting his teeth under Favre)
    He won a Super Bowl
    PURE class after a pretty crummy dismissal

    I am not a Packer fan that is content that things are good. Not after the Favre-era.

    I understand why the Lombardi-era fans are content. They’ve seen how many Titles? I watched 3 Packers Super Bowls in my 40 years, with arguably 2 of the 5 best QBs of all-time!

    10-6 and clobbered in the Playoffs isn’t fun for me anymore.

    It might be great for the Lions and Bengals. But I’m not a Lions or Bengals fan…….

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